Originally Posted by vid
The notion that the Earth revolves around the Sun is subjective in that we're free to choose whether to adopt it or not. Regardless, a good case can be made that the Earth does revolve around the Sun, and likewise a good case can be made that certain ways to spend money are wiser than others - for instance, if you need to feed two people, it's generally wiser to buy one big portion than two smaller ones.
I don't understand this...How does one make a case for the earth NOT revolving around the sun? It is fact, it's not up for debate or subjectivity. Choosing to adopt a belief does not make the truth irrelevant. Buying one large portion for two people is only wiser if it is actually of greater value - more food per dollar - than the two smaller ones and that is not always a given. It is an unwise assumption, in fact
Quite frankly, you could argue against spending a lot of money on anything out of bare necessities as "unwise". I find it funny when people are horrified by the cost of my earphones and I ask about the cost of their shoes, "But, but, I can hear music just fine with my $20 headphones!" and your $200 shoes don't appear to make you able to walk any better than my $20 shoes enable me to.
There's certainly a case to be made for the lack of wisdom of people who are spending money on headphones instead of, you know, bonds or education or food. But if you have the expendable income, you should be allowed spend as much money on whatever your heart wishes without other people's disdain because they don't see the value in it. Expensive earphones, expensive music equipment, camera equipment, cellphones and gadgets... You're not just paying for "stuff", it's the joy and time spent with that stuff and the fact that you'll often get more joy out of something that is higher-end (higher-end does correlate directly with the cost) It would seem many people to me make themselves incredibly unhappy with always buying new things in the hope of something better sounding instead of spending time enjoying their recent investments. Too much time on sites like this that make you feel like whatever you currently possess simply isn't good as the other thing that the other people on that other website liked more.
I have a lot of expensive hobbies - guitar, audio equipment, computers and gadgets, digital arts. At least with headphone gear you don't have to take perishables into account too much except if you use tube amps and need to replace earpads or tips. And even then... My guitar amp has 11 tubes - seven Preamp and four Power. So much pain when I get them replaced and have the whole unit serviced, rebiased, etc... Last time it cost me the equivalent of $250. For a service, guys, this isn't even a new piece of gear to hold in the hands at the end of the day. And these were'nt special NOS tubes or anything - try get a bunch of those for an 11-tube amp and see how much your wallet likes you then. I hear the same stuff, though, "Woah, how can you spend so much money on something like that?! I have a solid state amp that doesn't need tubes to be replaced and it's fine! How can you justify that kind of expense?"
If it's great for you, then take your money and run away, Simba, and never return to this hobby.
And how do I justify it? Because I can afford my daily expenses, I am not in debt and I do not have any dependents. I pay for everything important and when I have some extra hard-earned money available, I will do whatever I please with it.
Because I spend my budget across so many hobbies, I need to be careful and patient and buy things that are investments instead of the latest and greatest FOTM. I always try get something second-hand or on special because why spend more if you don't have to? That way I have more money to spread into the other hobbies and because I'm limiting myself, I take more care in what I buy and take more time to enjoy what I've got.Edited by hatefulsandwich - 6/16/13 at 8:19am